2019 DUS Conference

The DUS Conference|On Innovative Academic Advising
September 26, 2019
The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, State College, PA

The Eighteenth Annual DUS Conference is provided by Penn State's Division of Undergraduate Studies with sponsorship from the University Faculty Senate, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, Office of Undergraduate Education, and The Mentor: Innovative Scholarship on Academic Advising.

Conference Details

Date: Thursday, September 26, 2019

Time: 8:30 AM–4:00 PM

Location: The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel 

Purpose: The DUS Advising Conference seeks to showcase novel research and practices that contribute to the field of academic advising. To meet the changing needs of our students and to overcome the challenges facing higher education, academic advisers must examine and evolve their practice to incorporate new scholarship and innovative ideas. We invite you to reflect on advising practices and to contemplate new ways to enhance the advising experience for all students. We look forward to conversation that examines the field of advising and its future.


Registration for the 2019 DUS Conference will open in late Spring 2019. Please check back then for details.


A guestroom block has been reserved at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel. When reserving a room through the guestroom block, please reference GROUP CODE: ACAD19A.

The group rate is $125.00 per room. This rate does not apply to deluxe guestrooms and suites. This guestroom block rate expires Sunday, August 25, 2019.

All individual reservation cancellations within 24 hours of arrival date are subject to a cancellation charge equivalent to one night stay.

If the Penn Stater is full, there are many other lodging options within the State College area including the Nittany Lion Inn located on the University Park campus.

Submit a Session Proposal

The DUS Conference now uses a journal management system to assist with our blind review process. To submit your proposal, you must create an account or sign-in as an existing user at the following site: 


When creating your account, enroll user as “author.”

Once enrolled, select “New Submission” as shown below.


Then checkoff each item in the submission checklist.


Upload your proposal, which should include:

Title and Presentation Format (see formats below)

Presentation formats:

  • Lecture/Discussion: 60-minute session by one or two presenters addressing a specific topic and inviting questions/comments from participants.
  • Panel: 60-minute session by a small group of presenters who discuss their topic from different perspectives and typically engage each other as well as invite audience participation/questions/comments. Lead presenters are responsible for recruiting additional members of their panels.
  • Workshop: 60-minute “how-to” sessions designed to address best practices, new techniques/ideas, and personal development. This format allows extra time for active participation of attendees. Workshops should be highly interactive.

Next, complete the author information.  On the same page, copy and paste your title and abstract in the text box. Abstracts should not exceed 150 words.


Finish your submission. You will receive a confirmation email.

Timeline for review and communication regarding proposals

Proposals are due May 17.
Proposal review begins May 20.
The primary presenter will receive feedback approving, denying, or asking for additional information regarding their topic or proposal by June 17.
The program and all presenters are finalized July 19.


Contact Courtney Karmelita, Conference Committee Chair, at cec5032@psu.edu or 814-865-7576.